Airman Second Class Wilson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.